DRI is delighted to welcome our newest member, the Discovery Programme. 

The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland is a national archaeological research body supported by the Heritage Council. It conducts advanced analysis of Irish archaeology, investigates areas where there are gaps in current knowledge, and promotes interdisciplinary research involving experts in the humanities and the sciences. This is done by engaging with new technologies in digital imaging and surveying techniques and by developing outreach activities to communicate the results of its projects to the general public as well to the academic community.

Commenting on the new partnership, Edel Bhreathnach, Director of the Discovery Programme said: "We are very pleased in the Discovery Programme to have joined the DRI. This partnership will increase the profile of the immense resource of Irish archaeological and cultural heritage data. It will also support an emerging network of cultural bodies developing strategies towards sustainable repositories in the archaeological sector."

DRI believes its national mandate is best achieved through partnership, so it continues to build relationships and collaborations with national and international centres of excellence in digital preservation, and with the owners and custodians of cultural and social content. As a member of DRI, the Discovery Programme will be able to ingest its digital material for long term preservation in the Repository, and be more directly involved in the shaping of DRI's future. 

"We are thrilled that the Discovery Programme has joined the Digital Repository of Ireland," said Dr. Natalie Harrower, Director of DRI. "The Discovery Programme is constantly innovating in the fields of archaeology and digital cultural heritage, both independently and through its involvement in important European projects such as 3D-ICONS, ARIADNE, and LoCloud. At the same time, the Discovery Programme serves as a central resource for a range of Irish researchers and organisations working with relevant data. We look forward to collaborating with the Discovery Programme towards the long term digital preservation of Ireland's archaeological heritage."